Vice President

Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management professional from India, who is currently Vice President of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP). Rohit served as UNESCO Chair holder professor at the Institute for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan, where he was instrumental in developing and teaching International Training Course on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage. He was the elected President of ICOMOS-India from 2014-2018 and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP) from 2010-2019. Rohit has been the Elected Member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS since 2011 and is currently serving as its Vice President for the period 2017-2020. He is currently working at ICCROM as Project Manager on Urban Heritage, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management. Before joining ICCROM, Rohit has been working with several national and international organizations such as UNESCO, UNISDR, Getty Conservation Institute and World Bank for consultancy, research and training on Disaster Risk Management of Cultural Heritage.



GML Heritage

Catherine Forbes is an architect specialising in heritage conservation and management, a member of Australia ICOMOS and an expert member of ICORP (International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness). She is also the convenor of the Joint Australia ICOMOS and ICOMOS New Zealand Cultural Heritage Risk Preparedness Working Group and a member of Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Energy and Sustainability. Catherine has specialist training in disaster risk management for cultural heritage (UNESCO ITC, Kyoto) and Humanitarian Action (International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society). In addition to undertaking hazard scoping studies and preparing risk management strategies for heritage sites, Catherine has been involved in emergency response, undertaking post disaster damage assessments and reviewing post disaster recovery of cultural heritage in Christchurch, Kathmandu, Tonga and Australia. She has presented her experiences globally and contributed case studies to the ICOMOS and ICCROM Global Recovery and Reconstruction Case Study Project. Most recently, Catherine has been developing emergency response and risk management guidance for heritage places in bushfire prone areas of Australia.



Professor/ Director
Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University

Takeyuki OKUBO is a professor at the Graduate School and College of Science and Engineering, Ritsumeikan University and the director at the Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage ( He is also a member of ICORP and JP-ICOMOS. His background in civil engineering, architecture and global environmental engineering informs his current research interests in urban design for disaster mitigation and architectural designs which promote the utilization of traditional knowledge and wooden materials. His recent work in partnership with colleagues Professor Rohit Jigyasu and Professor Kenzo Toki is UNESCO Chair International Training Course on disaster risk management for cultural heritage and historic city, which is holding every year since 2006. His recent article are “Traditional Knowledge for Disaster Mitigation in History of Japanese Architectures and Cities”, total 199 pages, Gakugei Publishing (Kyoto, Japan), June 2012. (in Japanese), “Introductory Volume” to Cultural Heritage Disaster Mitigation Studies,Part2 Ⅲ.”Fire Disaster Mitigation Project in Historic Area around Sannei-zaka”,pp.49-59,Asia Insatu (Japan),March 2010 (in English) and “Protecting Area of Traditional Wooden Construction from Fires Due to Earthquakes Using Local Water - Plan and Implementation of the Project on Environmental Water Supply System for Disaster Prevention - “, Journal of Disaster Research Vol.2 No.4,pp.284-291,2007 (in English).



Department of Civil Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University

Peter is the Professor at Department of Civil Engineering, National Chiao-Tung University, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, Since 1995. He holds the Ph.D. at Department of Surveying Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada. He was the President of Chinese Taipei Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing between 2015 and 2018. He is also the Executive Board Member of Taiwan Geographic Information Society, Board Member of both Chinese Society of Cadastral Surveying and Chinese Society of Surveying Engineering. His research interests include: Terrain Mapping with Laser and Imaging Systems, Remote Sensing, Image Processing, Geographical Information Systems, Surveying Datum and Systems, and Global Change studies. He was awarded in 2010 for the Twenty-Ninth Surveying Engineering Medal, Chinese Society of Surveying Engineering; in 2010 for the 2012 Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Medal, Chinese Taipei Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; in 2015 for the Sixteenth Cadastral Surveying Medal, Chinese Society of Cadastral Surveying.